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Bruce St. James and Pamela Hughes

Parents unhook baby from monitors, take her

Two Pennsylvania parents were arrested after they allegedly unhooked their 3-month-old baby from monitors and attempted to take her to another hospital.

According to NBC Philadelphia, the couple, April Saul and Danny Rivera, felt their daughter, who has Downs Syndrome and heart defects, was not getting the care she needed at Lehigh Valley Hospital.

"All we wanted was the best, optimum healthcare for our daughter," Saul told NBC10. "We were just desperate to get our child where we needed her to be."

Saul said she and Rivera had begged Lehigh Valley for a transfer to Children's Hospital, but officials at the Allentown facility refused, telling her Medicaid wouldn't pay for it. She contends the hospital was "uncooperative" and never formally asked for a transfer.

When the couple attempted to take their child, they claimed they were physically accosted by staffers. They were arrested en route to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

The Lehigh Valley Hospital staff contends the child was not medically ready for transfer and they had reached out to CHOP.

The couple has vowed to fight the hospital's decision and the charges of endangering the welfare of children and disorderly conduct.

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